Does the wife have to cook for her husband

Fatwa ID: 01745

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Question:

Does the wife have to cook for her husband

 Answer:

Bismillah

It has been the custom and practice since the time of the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) that the wife should serve her husband in the customary manner, by preparing food, washing his clothes, cleaning the house according to what is appropriate.

Saaidah Fatima raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) would do all the household chores whilst Saaiduna Ali Radiallahu Anhu would carry out all the economic activities. The Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) never objected to it.

However, it must be borne in mind that it is not a legal obligation of the wife to cook the meals or do the household chores. It is advisable that she performs these functions out of cooperation. (Contemporary Fatawa p.124)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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